The Peugeot brand is one of the most popular car brands in the market today and has been in existence for many years now. The company based in France is the second larges car manufacturer in Europe. However, the manufacture of cars was not the first product. The company was first founded in 1810 as a coffee mill business. Then, in 1830, they started producing bicycles before finally settling on the production of cars. In between the coffee grinders and the bicycles there were also other businesses that the family owned Peugeot brand engaged in as well. As the revolution progressed in the eighteenth century the need for transportation also rose and it is at this time that Peugeot brand started to engage in the manufacture of cars. The popular trademark with the lion was registered by Emile Peugeot on the 20th of November, 1858.
The year 1896 saw the car manufacturer break from the family company and be registered under a new name that only concentrated in Peugeot cars. Furthermore, they also started manufacturing the car engines on their own which had a horse power of eight which saw the rise in the sales of the cars within the same year. In this time the Peugeot car was also involved in car racing which made it quite successful because of an upgraded engine.
In the beginning of the First World War, the car brand was involved in the manufacture of military vehicles as well as the making of arms, but as soon as the war was over they continued with the production of saloon cars. Now that the war was over many people viewed cars as essential which resulted in the rise in sales of the Peugeot car brand, which also saw the introduction of models such as 201 and another one in 1933 that had an aerodynamic appearance that was meant to entice customers to buy the cars despite the depression.
Nevertheless, the Second World War proved to be a major setback for the Peugeot brand as their operations stalled so that they could manufacture weapons as well as cars for the Germans. Furthermore, their factories were destroyed which lead to delays until 1948 when they produced the 203 Peugeot model. From here the car brand continued rising in sales as other models known as Pininfarina which were Italian based also formed part of the cars being manufactured. Later, Renault and Volvo also joined the success train that Peugeot had began, then Citroen much later in 1974 with the purchase of thirty percent of its stake by the car brand.